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I'm a tenant, get me out of here!

19 Feb 2019
It looks like 2019 won't be the new start many had hoped for. With large high street retailers already teetering on the edge after a disappointing Christmas and the government still up in arms about the B word, the country's commercial real estate market is looking more and more uncertain.
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Brexit: cliff-edge or cliff-hanger?

15 Feb 2019
The government's House of Commons defeat on 14 February may have sharpened divisions within the main political parties, but it changed nothing of substance. The legal position is governed by the terms of the EU (Withdrawal) Acts 2017 and 2018. The 2017 Act authorised the UK government to trigger the two year Article 50 notice period, which expires on 29 March 2019. The 2018 Act includes amendments conceded by the government to avert a Parliamentary defeat, and which locked in 11.00pm on 29 March 2019 as the "Exit day". Unless primary legislation is enacted to alter that position, the UK will cease to be a member state of the EU on that date, whether or not there is a "deal".
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Professional negligence - loss of chance

15 Feb 2019
The Supreme Court has had its first opportunity in over 20 years to consider the correct approach to determining loss of a chance claims arising from lost litigation in a judgment just handed down in Perry v Raleys Solicitors [2019] UKSC 5. It is a decision of considerable interest to professionals and their insurers.
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Rooms with a view – but no right to privacy

13 Feb 2019
Fearn & Others v The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery [2019] EWHC 246 (Ch) - In this case, Mr Justice Mann sitting in The High Court has found that a homeowner can, in an appropriate case, protect the privacy of a home as against another landowner by claiming that the infringement of privacy is an actionable nuisance.
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Court of Appeal confirms UK is appropriate forum to determine global FRAND licence terms

13 Feb 2019
A standard essential patent ("SEP") is a patent which protects a technology which the patentee has declared to be essential to the implementation of one or more of the telecommunications standards, such as 2G-GSM, 3G-UMTS and 4G-LTE. Standards are set by standard setting organisations ("SSO"), one of which SSO is in this case the European Telecommunications Standards Institute ("ETSI").